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Cherry Lowman papers

Creator:
Lowman, Cherry  Search this
Vayda, Andrew Peter (1931)  Search this
Names:
Rappaport, Roy A.  Search this
Extent:
7.5 Linear feet (15 boxes)
Culture:
Maring (Papua New Guinean people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1962-2008
bulk 1962-1980
Summary:
Cherry Lowman was an anthropologist and health science administrator whose ethnographic studies focused on the cultural ecology of the Maring people of highlands Papua New Guinea. Her papers contain fieldnotes and research data, correspondence, photographs, and artworks by Maring men and women.
Scope and Contents:
The papers of Cherry Lowman primarily concern her ethnographic fieldwork in Papua New Guinea in the 1960s, and subsequent follow up studies based on data collected at that time. Lowman's work for NIAAA is not represented in the papers. It should be noted that there is a great deal of related and overlapping material on the Papua New Guinea research between Lowman's papers and the papers of Andrew P. Vayda, so researchers are encouraged to consult both collections on the topic.

The largest series - Series 1: Field notes and research data - contains field notes from the 1962-1963 and 1966 field work as well as research notes and data files from subsequent analyses and studies. There are some handwritten field notes but the majority are typed. Field notes are arranged chronologically and also by subject, but many related notes are found in separate locations from each other, for instance there may be notes on a particular topic filed by subject, but related notes may be found in the field notes organized chronologically as well. This series also includes a number of paper drafts, as well as Lowman's doctoral dissertation.

Series 2: Correspondence contains only a few files, but includes significant correspondence with Ann and Roy Rappaport and Georgeda Buchbinder.

Series 3: Photographs contains photographs made primarily on the first research trip and include negatives, contact sheets and prints, with associated typed photo logs. Photographs document Maring people, activities, and events. It should be noted that not all of the negatives have corresponding prints.

Series 4: Artwork consists of drawings and paintings made by Maring men and women.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into four series:

Series 1: Field notes and research data

Series 2: Correspondence

Series 3: Photographs

Series 4: Artwork
Biographical Note:
Cherry Lowman was an anthropologist and health science administrator whose ethnographic studies focused on the cultural ecology of the Maring people of highlands Papua New Guinea.

Lowman was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on September 19, 1934. She attended Russell Sage College, University of Louisville, and received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from Columbia University in 1959. She then became a graduate student in anthropology at Columbia, and in 1962, she joined the two-year "Columbia University Expedition" to the Maring communities of western highlands Papua New Guinea, a National Science Foundation-funded research project to investigate the cultural ecology of the Maring people in the Simbai Valley of the Bismarck Mountains. Andrew P. "Pete" Vayda (to whom Lowman was married at the time) was principal investigator. The research team included Lowman and Vayda, Ann and Roy "Skip" Rappaport, and Allison and Marek Jablonko. The research pairs lived in different villages but communicated frequently. Lowman and Vayda were situated primarily in Gunts, in the Simbai Valley.

Once there, Lowman gave particular attention to collecting data on the role of women in subsistence, the care and development of children under five, cultural conceptions of and responses to disease, and the use and management of both wild and domesticated resources. With Vayda, she conducted surveys on health and marriage practices and other demographic points which continued during Lowman and Vayda's return trip in 1966. This second research trip brought Lowman and Vayda and their daughter Andi to the the Jimi Valley, where they collected systematic interview data on household histories of illness and its treatment and collaborated with Anglican Mission health providers to conduct health surveys in adjacent Jimi Valley communities. On both research trips Lowman also studied the interrelations of Maring art and war as expressed in shield designs.

The two related field experiences produced a wealth of data that Lowman continued to analyze and work with through her master's degree (Columbia, 1976), and culminating with her doctoral dissertation (Columbia, 1980), "Environment, Society and Health: Ecological Bases of Community Growth and Decline in the Maring Region of Papua New Guinea." In it, Lowman developed a model to explain the influence of interdependent regional-level environmental processes, health patterns, and social practices on the growth and decline of local communities.

In 1979, Lowman moved from New York to the Washington DC area to work as a health science administrator at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a division of the National Institutes of Health. There, she administered grants, coordinated health services research, and published widely on alcoholism issues in adolescents. Lowman worked for NIAAA until her retirement in 2014. Lowman died on November 22, 2019, in Ithaca, New York.
Related Materials:
The National Anthropological Archives/Human Studies Film Archives holds the films of Alison and Marek Jablonko from the Columbia University Expedition fieldwork.

The National Anthropological Archives holds the papers of Andrew P. Vayda.

The papers of Roy A. Rappaport relating to the Papua New Guinea fieldwork are held at the Tuzin Archive for Melanesian Anthropology at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Provenance:
The collection was donated to the National Anthropological Archives by Andi Vayda, Cherry Lowman's daughter, in 2021.
Restrictions:
The Cherry Lowman papers are open for research. Access to the collection requires an appointment.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Topic:
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea  Search this
Citation:
Cherry Lowman papers, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NAA.2022-06
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Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw3cecad7cd-5643-4aa5-ac92-756f3ff8b031
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2022-06

Photographs of Papua New Guinea Bilums

Extent:
2 Photographic slides
Culture:
Maring (Papua New Guinean people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic slides
Date:
1982
Scope and Contents:
Two photographs depicting string bilums made by the Maring women of Tsembaga in Papua New Guinea.
Related Materials:
The collections of the Department of Anthropology, National Museum of Natural History holds accession no. 2086179, bilums collected in Tsembaga and Madang, Papua New Guinea by the Rappaport Family in 1982.
Provenance:
Donated by Gina Rappaport in 2019.
Identifier:
NAA.2019-08
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Photographs of Papua New Guinea Bilums
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nw305189ce6-dc88-45a2-b21d-88056f9e31da
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-naa-2019-08
Online Media:

Allison and Marek Jablonko collection

Creator:
Jablonko, Allison Peters, 1936-  Search this
Jablonko, Marek  Search this
Names:
Byers, Paul  Search this
Extent:
Film reels (16mm)
Video recordings
Linear feet
Culture:
Maring (Papua New Guinean people)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Video recordings
Sound films
Silent films
Place:
Oceania
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1963-1980 and 2000
Scope and Contents:
Collection consists of Allison and Marek Jablonko research films on the Maring of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, as well as a television series made in 1980 from that footage for the Italian general audience. A video oral history with visual anthropologist Paul Byers, conducted in 2000 by Allison Jablonko, Yanick Geffroy, and Martino Nicolet is also part of the collection.

Supplementary material: associated texts, still film, sound recordings, annotations (recorded narratives), field notes.

Please note that the contents of the collection and the language and terminology used reflect the context and culture of the time of its creation. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology and considered offensive today. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the Smithsonian Institution or Anthropology Archives, but is available in its original form to facilitate research.
Provenance:
Received from Allison and Marek Jablonko in multiple accessions in 1984 (accession 1984-014), 1992 (accession 1992-013), 2007 (accession 2007-014) and 2008 (accession 2008-016).
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Please contact the archives for information on availability of access copies of audiovisual recordings. Original audiovisual material in the Human Studies Film Archives may not be played.
Rights:
Contact the repository for terms of use.
Genre/Form:
Sound films
silent films
Citation:
Allison and Marek Jablonko collection, Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Identifier:
HSFA.1984.14
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Archival Repository:
Human Studies Film Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pc9cd2d3d6a-67e2-4d8e-a911-76f3ba650ff9
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-hsfa-1984-14

Maring hunters and traders : production and exchange in the Papua New Guinea highlands / Christopher Healey

Author:
Healey, Christopher J  Search this
Physical description:
xxii, 401 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Commerce  Search this
Hunting  Search this
Exchange  Search this
Human ecology  Search this
Call number:
DU740.42.H42 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_414531

Place and people; an ecology of a New Guinean community [by] William C. Clarke

Author:
Clarke, William C  Search this
Physical description:
xii, 265 p. illus., maps 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New Guinea
Bismarck Range
Date:
1971
Topic:
Human ecology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_496697

Displays of power: art and war among the Marings of New Guinea. With a design analysis of Maring Shields by Alexander Alland, Jr

Author:
Lowman, Cherry  Search this
Alland, Alexander 1931-  Search this
Physical description:
47 p. illus. 28 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1973
Topic:
Military art and science  Search this
Shields  Search this
Call number:
GN497 .L67X
GN497.L67X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_33935

The gift of kinship : structure and practice in Maring social organization / Edward LiPuma

Author:
LiPuma, Edward 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
x, 241 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1988
Topic:
Social structure  Search this
Call number:
DU740.42.L57 1988X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_343590

Ecology, meaning, and religion / Roy A. Rappaport

Author:
Rappaport, Roy A  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 259 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1979
C1979
Topic:
Functionalism (Social sciences)  Search this
Rites and ceremonies  Search this
Human ecology  Search this
Call number:
GN363.R36X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_182611

Pigs for the ancestors : ritual in the ecology of a New Guinea people / Roy A. Rappaport

Author:
Rappaport, Roy A  Search this
Physical description:
xviii, 501 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
1984
C1984
Topic:
Agriculture, Traditional  Search this
Human ecology  Search this
Call number:
DU740.42.R36 1984X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_195070

Encompassing others : the magic of modernity in Melanesia / Edward LiPuma

Author:
LiPuma, Edward 1951-  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 342 p. : maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Jimi River Valley
Jimi River Valley (Papua New Guinea)
Date:
2000
C2000
Topic:
Social conditions  Search this
Missions  Search this
Religion  Search this
Anglicans--Missions  Search this
Christianity and culture  Search this
Religious life and customs  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_682272

Remembering Papua New Guinea : an eccentric ethnography / William C. Clarke

Author:
Clarke, William C  Search this
Physical description:
178 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm
Type:
Books
Pictorial works
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Date:
2003
C2003
Topic:
Ethnology  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_941634

Pigs for the ancestors; ritual in the ecology of a New Guinea people, by Roy A. Rappaport

Author:
Rappaport, Roy A  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 311 p. illus., map. 25 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Papua-New Guinea (Ter.)
Date:
1968
1967 [i.e. 1968]
Topic:
Agriculture  Search this
Call number:
DU740 .R22
DU740.R22
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_21545

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